In a recent press release on November 28, 2012, the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) released tips to use as a guideline when screening job applicants. As a NAPBS accredited provider, Employment Screening Services would like to share these tips to further inform professionals on the screening industry.
NAPBS offers the following best practices intended to benefit employers and job seekers who are planning for 2013:
1. Be Complete: Conduct a comprehensive background search to avoid negligent hiring. Relying on partial information or information that may be out of date can be as risky as not conducting a thorough background check at all.
2. Be Efficient: Time is a precious commodity especially for recruiters. Look for ways to utilize technology to help create efficiencies. Talk with your background screening provider about ways to improve your process to save you money and time.
3. Be Thorough: As an employer, you have certain responsibilities under the law. Make sure that all background screening practices meet federal and state regulations as well as industry requirements. Be mindful of the new Equal Employment Opportunity Commission criminal guidelines and the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
4. Be Analytical: Consider job responsibilities when screening candidates. Go beyond basic background information and assess job relatedness and business necessity.
5. Be Consistent: Develop a method for a targeted level of screening for each open job position to align with business needs and job relatedness.
To read the full press release by NAPBS, click here.